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Priorities and Concerns for Modi’s India
By admin June 2, 2014

Narendra Modi is sworn in as India’s Prime Minister on May 26, 2014. Photo: BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27514601)

Narendra Modi is sworn in as India’s Prime Minister on May 26, 2014. Photo: BBC (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-27514601)

India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come to office on the heels of an historic electoral victory. His party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has swept the first absolute majority in India’s parliament in thirty years. Modi’s promise of renewed growth comes at a time of sluggish economic activity and rampant corruption. While India’s GDP growth rate has slowed from 9 percent to 5 percent since 2010, Modi’s state of Gujarat, where he was the Chief Minister from 2001 to 2014, grew more than 10 percent annually. Given the BJP’s thumping majority, Modi and his cabinet are expected to move swiftly with decisive policies. India’s vibrant media has weighed in heavily on what it believes the government’s priorities should be. While some analysts emphasize infrastructure such as roads and electricity, others advocate for controlling runaway inflation and overhauling India’s complex tax system.

On May 29, Modi unveiled a 10-point framework addressing many of these demands, and highlighting innovation, transparency and sustainability. His particular emphasis on an e-auction system for the procurement of government tenders has been praised as a major step towards transparent governance. However, critics have dismissed the framework as an “extraordinary jumble” of directives with no clear roadmap for how the goals are set to be achieved.

Moreover, the framework does not appease Modi’s skeptics, and the concerns they have for inclusive growth. Many believe that Modi’s government was complicit in Gujarat’s 2002 communal riots, in which thousands, mostly Muslims, were killed. Nor does it address women’s rights and safety – issues that have gained recent prominence with the rise of sexual violence against women. The debate is an indication that the sky-high public expectations set for Modi’s government may hurt his party’s reputation. Ultimately, the potential in India is just as immense as the challenge, and India’s new Prime Minister will have to rise up to it.

For More Information:
– http://blogs.cfr.org/lindsay/2014/05/27/hello-narendra-modi-prime-minister-of-india/
– http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2014-05-30/news/50211319_1_cabinet-ministers-junior-ministers-action-plan
– http://www.forbes.com/sites/chriswright/2014/05/26/modis-to-do-list-priorities-for-a-new-india/
– http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304640104579490391169632488
– http://blogs.ft.com/beyond-brics/2014/06/02/modis-challenges-inflation-and-an-independent-central-bank/


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